Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1918 - May 16, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1918 with a release
date of May 16 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The gates of the Hara Arena swing
open for Hamvention 2014;  IARU Region 1 successfully
removes illegal traffic from 10 MHz; RSGB says the young ham
population is declining in the UK; Alpha amplifiers and Ten-
Tec announce merger under the RF Concepts name; Amsat's Fox
1 hamsat launch delayed until 2015 and are migrating birds
loosing their way because of radio waves?  Find out more on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1918 coming your way
right now.


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HAMVENTION 2014:  THE GATES OF THE HARA OPEN

As this newscast goes to air, the gates are opening at the
Hara Arena for the 2014 Dayton Hamvention.  This is the
largest three day gathering of amateur radio operators held
anywhere in the world, and according to its Public Relations
Coordinator Henry Ruminski, W8HJR, in an interview with Hap
Holly. KC9RP, there are a number of changes this year as the
Hamvention celebrates the theme of "Makers - The Future of
Ham Radio."

--

W8JHR:  "There are several forums related to the new
technologies lie using Android for ham radio purposes; some
of the single stamp type computers.  For the younger people
there are some robotic events planned so that young people
can get involved in it that acknowledges the important part
that hams play in creating new communications technologies
and some other technologies too."

--

To help make this knowledge available to the next generation
Ruminski says that youngsters and most school age students
were eligible for free admittance to Hamvention 2014:

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W8HJR:  "If you are bringing young people with you, anyone
under the age of 12 does not need a ticket; anyone 12 to 18
can get a student ticket if they go to the main entrance and
show proof that they are a student and they can get a free
student ticket."

--

And to carry this even further, W8HJR says that the
Hamvention had a new meet and greet area where young hams
can mingle with others their age:

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W8HJR:  "There is going to be a table for presenters to
answer questions from other young people.  It's a little
easier for a young person to relate to another young person
who is in the hobby than it is to relate to someone who may
be as old as his grandfather.  So we are definitely trying
to get some of the young people in and we are definitely
trying to get some of the new technology in.  Ham radio is
moving pretty quickly and we are trying to acknowledge
that."

--

One other change this year was that license exams had to be
moved to a new location.  Henry Ruminski explains why:

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W8HJR:  "License exams at Hamvention have become quite a
popular thing and so we had to move it this year to the
Grace Brethren Bayshore Church which is located really close
to Hamvention.  We are going to have a shuttle bus running
down to the church for those people who are taking tests.
And we had to do that simply because the popularity of the
license exams simply outgrew the space available in Hara
Arena we had for them."

--

And what about those who could not attend in person?
Ruminski says Hamvention has that covered too:

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W8HJR:  "For the first time, Hamvention itself is going to
put streaming on the Internet.  How successful it will be,
it's the first time and its going to be an experiment for
us, but we are going to have a camera roving around
Hamvention throughout all three days is our current plan.

"W5KUB also broadcasts from there.  Ham Nation and a number
of the Internet outlets are going to be there.  There will
be an opportunity to see some of it (Hamvention) live on the
Internet and there obviously will be other opportunities to
see it afterward from recorded materials; DVD's and those
kind of things."

--

And less we forget, as Hamvention 2014 is one of the
regional ARRL centennial conventions, a number of special
fun events were planned.  W8HJR, tells us about two of them:

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W8HJR:  " There's one forum on Friday that looks at the
history of ham radio and the ARRL in particular tracing some
of the things that have occurred over the years.  And then
on Sunday which is officially the birthday of the ARRL
there's going to be a birthday party at 9:30 in the morning.
I'm told there's going to be cake and I hope a lot of people
can make that."

--

Amateur Radio Newsline has several reporters at Hamvention
2014.  Look for a full wrap-up in next week's newscast.
Meantime, we say Happy 100th Birthday ARRL and a great 2014
Hamvention to the Dayton Amateur Radio Association from all
of us here at Amateur Radio Newsline.   (ARNewsline with
interview audio supplied by KC9RP / RAIN)

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RADIO LAW:  FCC DISMISSES LOCKHEED MARTION 433 MHZ PART 15
REQUEST

The FCC has dismissed without prejudice a Petition for Rule
Making filed by aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.  One that
would have amended the Commission's Part 15 rules to expand
deployment of the company's radio frequency identification
system in the 433 MHz band.  Lockheed Martin sold its RFID
business 2 years ago, but the company only this month
requested that the Petition be withdrawn and the proceeding
terminated.  The ARRL had vigorously opposed this Lockheed
Martin rules change request.  More is on the web at
www.arrl.org  (ARRL)

**

INTRUDER WATCH:  ILLEGAL FISHERY TRAFFIC REMOVED FROM THE 10
MHZ BAND

The latest issue of the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System
newsletter reports on action by UK telecommunications
regulator Ofcom's Baldock Monitoring Station.  This against
an intruder in the 10 MHz band.

The report credits Peter Jost, HB9CET, as finding illegal
fishery traffic on 10 point 123 MHz USB daily.  After
receiving the report, the Radio Society of Great Britain's
Intruder Watch Coordinator, Chris Cummings, G4BOH, asked the
Baldock Monitoring Station for Assistance.  As a result, the
British Coast Guard contacted the offenders to tell them
that their phone traffic was illegal.  A few days later the
frequency was clear.  (IARU - R1)

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RADIO POLITICS:  IARU REGION 3 DIRECTORS AT ASIA-PACIFIC
TELECOMMUNITY MEETING

The International Amateur Radio Union Region 3 Directors
will be at the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity meeting being held
June 9th to the 13th in Brisbane, Australia.  This in the
lead-up to the 2015 World Radiocommunications Conference
known as WRC-15.

This third preparatory group meeting is one of a series of
regional gatherings at which the IARU is seeking support for
an allocation at 5 MHz, to fill the gap between existing
bands allocated to then in Region 1.  To head toward that
and other goals, IARU Region 3 will submit an information
paper on the WRC-15 agenda items which are of concern to the
amateur service in that part of the world.  Immediately
after the Brisbane gathering, and also in that city, the
IARU Region  3 Directors will hold their own annual meeting.
(WIA)

**

DX UP FRONT: VU4K OPERATIONS FROM ANDAMAN AND NICOBAT
APPROVED FOR DXCC

In DX up front, Bill Moore, NC1L at the ARRL Awards desk
says that the 2014 VU4K operation's from the Andaman and
Nicobar Islands 2014 Operations have been approved for DXCC
credit.  If you worked this operation you can put in for
credit as soon as your card arrives at your QTH.   (NC1L -
DXCC)

**

DX UP FRONT:  ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION ON AIR IN JUNE

Also, the special event call VI2R operated by the Rotarians
on Amateur Radio will take to the air from May 31st to June
4th. This from the Rotary International Convention to be
held in Sydney, Australia.  If you work VI2R please QSL as
directed on the air.  (VK3PC)

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DX UP FRONT:  ISLE OF MAN OPERATION TO TWEET UPDATES

Also, members of the United Kingdom's Telford and District
Amateur Society will be operating from the Isle Of Man as
GT3ZME stroke P between June 26th and the 30th.  Activity
will be on 160 though 10 meters plus all other bands up to
and including 24 gigahertz.  You can follow the DXpedition
planning and operation on Twitter @paulbowen18.  (OPDX)

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BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the Hamvention repeater W8BI serving the city of
Dayton, Ohio.  (5 sec pause here)


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RECRUITMENT:  REPORT SAYS YOUNGER RADIO HAMS DISAPPEARING IN THE UK

The Radio Society of Great Britain has released the figure
for the number of members aged under 25 and the news is not
very good.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB,
has the details:

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According to the Southgate ham radio news service,
membership in the Radio Society of Great Britain is
completely free for United Kingdom radio amateurs aged 25
and under who are full time students.  As such, you think
that almost every younger person involved in the hobby to be
a member of the Society.  This in turn would provide  a good
estimate for United Kingdom amateurs in that age group.

But a recently released figure says otherwise.  Numbers are
falling with only 295 UK hams who are aged 25 or younger
hams.

Take almost any UK radio club and you will find many members
who have been licensed for 40, 50 or 60 years, having first
taken up the hobby in their teens or early twenties.  The
latest figure suggests a declining demographic which could
conceivably see amateur radio in the United Kingdom all but
disappear in 20 years time.

But says Southgate, all is not doom and gloom.  For
instance, this year the Radio Society of Great Britain has
decided to take part for the first time in the annual
International Amateur Radio Union  Region One Youngsters On
The Air event.  The RSGB also intends to run a separate
event for youngsters called YOTA UK on July 19th and the
20th.  All this in the hope of reversing the current
downward trend.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
reporting.

--

Southgate ends by noting that many United Kingdom amateurs
at grassroots level are now becoming involved in attracting
younger-blood into the hobby.  It singles out at least two
major groups it says have been doing a great job in
promoting amateur radio to a new generation.
(Southgate)

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RESCUE RADIO:  OKLAHOMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT GRANT  AWARDED
HELP TRACK STORM SPOTTERS

The Okmulgee County Oklahoma Emergency Management has been
awarded a $3,670 in a Grant award from Operation Round Up
and the ECE Foundation.  These funds will allow the purchase
of an amateur radio based location tracking system for use
by SKYWARN storm spotters in and around the County.

In Oklahoma most SKYWARN storm spotters report their
observations via amateur radio to local emergency
management.  The tracking and guiding storm spotters to safe
observation locations during a severe weather events can be
a challenge. To benefit the spotters as well as the citizens
of Okmulgee and neighboring counties, Okmulgee County
Emergency Management plans to use the funds to construct and
maintain several APRS based digital systems.  These include
a number of APRS based digital repeaters, an APRS receiving
station for the county's Emergency Operations Center, add
APRS systems to several County Emergency Management
vehicles, and developing several portable APRS tracking
systems.  (N7XYO)

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RESCUE RADIO:  INMARSAT OFFERS FREE OVER WATER AIRCRAFT
BASIC TRACKING

Inmarsat, the global mobile satellite provider, says it will
offer free basic tracking services for planes flying over
oceans.  This in the hope of preventing another incident
like the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 in late
March.

The company says that the service is being offered to all
11,000 commercial passenger aircraft already equipped with
an Inmarsat satellite connection.  This accounts for most of
the world's long haul commercial fleet.   (Published News
Reports)

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PUBLIC SERVICE:  THE BOSTON HEARTBREAK HILL HALF AND
FESTIVAL

Hams in the Boston, Massachusetts area are being asked to
provide public service communications for a new race.  The
Heartbreak Hill Half and  Festival features  combined 5K and
10K marathons on Saturday, June 7th, and a half marathon on
Sunday, June 8th.  The medical staff has asked for amateur
radio volunteers to provide communications and logistics
support.  The only required equipment is a dual band 2 meter
and 70 centimeter  handheld radio, preferably with a gain
antenna.  Anyone interested in volunteering their services
should contact Brett Smith, by e-mail to  ab1rl (at)
arrl.net   (KG1H)

**

RADIO BUSINESS:  ALPHA AMPLIFIERS AND TEN-TEC MERGE UNDER RF
CONCEPTS BANNER

The May 9th announcement that RF Concepts, LLC the maker of
Alpha Amplifiers and Sevierville, Tennessee-based TEN-TEC
Inc. were merging literally caught the worlds ham radio
community by surprise.   The merger creates a multi-million-
dollar company with products that span from QRP
transceivers to full-legal-limit amplifiers.  It also
establishes an organization with the size and scale to
continue to innovate into the next decade and beyond.

The new company will retain the RF Concepts name but
operations will now be shared between its Longmont Colorado
and its Sevierville Tennessee facilities.  The company
is currently seeking a new operations location in the
Sevierville area to more efficiently house factory
operations, part of the engineering  resources, as well as
technical and customer support services.  The
Colorado facility will house engineering resources,
technical and customer support services, and much of the
front-office operations.

Both  Jim Wharton, NO4A, who in January of this year took
the reins of  TEN-TEC after the retirement of founder Jack
Burchfield, K4JU and Ken  Long, N0QO, who has been
overseeing the operations at Alpha Amplifiers will be
presidents of their respective group.   (RF Concepts)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  MT. BEACON HAMFEST JUNE 8

The Mt .Beacon Amateur Radio Club will hold a "Ham Flea
Market" on Sunday June 8th at the Pavilion on the grounds of
the Downstate Correctional Facility in Fishkill, New York.
If you will be in the area that day and want to attend, you
can get more information by e-mail to Adam Nowik, KC2DAA, at
president (at) wr2abb.org or click on the flyer found at
wr2abb.org   (WA2BSS)

**

AMATEUR RADIO ON TV:  LAST MAN STANDING RENEWED FOR 4TH
SEASON

Last Man Standing, the hit situation comedy that stars Tim
Allen as an outdoors store marketing manager who's also a
ham, has been renewed for a fourth season, for 22 new
episodes.  This, according to Co-Executive Producer John
Amodeo, NN6JA.

Allen's character, Tim Baxter, KA0XTT, has a ham station in
his office as well as his basement at home, and both are
often seen in background shots.  Amateur radio has already
played a significant part in two episodes so far and a
number of the shows staff have become licensed radio
amateurs since the show began..

Last Man Standing" airs Friday nights at 8 PM Eastern and 7
PM Central on the ABC Television Network.  (NN6JA)

**

RADIO READING:  SPRING 2014 OF 5 MHZ NEWSLETTER NOW
AVAILABLE

The Spring 2014 edition of the 5 MHz Newsletter is now
available for free download in PDF format.  According to its
editor Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, this latest edition features
information on new allocations of the band; news of
preparations going on in preparation for the 2015 World
Radiocommunications Conference; United Kingdom Cold War era
communications using 5 MHz and various updates on activity
in a number of countries.  To get your copy, simply go to
tinyurl.com/lyofs36  (G4WMO)

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RADIO READING: K6LCS FREQUENCY LIST FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

If you are planning a vacation or visit to Southern
California and will have a radio with you then take note.
Clint Bradford, K6LCS, has just updated his Southern
California Ham Radio Frequency List' for the 2nd quarter of
2014.

K6LCS list contains more than 80 repeater systems, simplex
frequencies, and miscellaneous frequencies that he himself
keeps programmed into his own radios.  He says that the list
is weighed towards enjoyment of the 144 and 440 MHz amateur
radio airwaves.  Most listings contain website addresses to
repeater owner sites and/or club sites.

The list in PDF file format is available on the DOCS page at
www.k6lcs.com.  Bradford adds that he has been on most of
these repeaters and found them to be open and welcoming of
hams.
(K6LCS)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  CQ MAGAZINE NAMES 2014 HALLS OF FAME
INDUCTEES

Some names in the news.  CQ magazine has announced its 2014
Hall of Fame inductees, adding two members each to the CQ DX
and Contest Halls of Fame, as well as eight new members of
the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame:

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals,
whether licensed hams or not, who have made significant
contributions to amateur radio; and those amateurs who have
made significant contributions either to amateur radio, to
their professional careers or to some other aspect of life
on our planet. The 2014 inductees (listed alphabetically)
are:

Clifford Berry, W9TIJ, who helped usher in the computer age
as co-inventor of the Atanasoff-Berry computer (or ABC), the
precursor of virtually all electronic computers.

Warren Bruene, W5OLY, prolific radio designer and innovator
who designed many Collins radios and helped the company
introduce single-sideband voice communications.

John Huntoon, W1RW, former ARRL General Manager, QST Editor,
helped bring about international allocation of the 30-, 17-
and 12-meter bands.

Mike Koss, W9SU, DXer and DXpeditoner; founder and owner of
filter manufacturer ICE (Industrial Communications
Engineers); key player in establishment of Indianapolis
Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club, W9IMS; organizer of
special event station W87PAX at 1987 Pan American Games in
Indianapolis.

Nancy Kott, WZ8C, former Editor of WorldRadio and WorldRadio
Online and tireless promoter of Morse Code as U.S.
coordinator of the FISTS CW Club.

Paul Laughton, N6BVH, software designer whose
accomplishments include developing Apple's disk operating
system and Atari's operating system.

Ralph Showers, ex-W3GEU, expert on electronic interference
and leader of efforts to set national and international
standards for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC). He holds
several awards from the American National Standards
Institute (ANSI) and the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Steve Wozniak, ex-WV6VLY and ex-WA6BND, co-founder of Apple
Computers.

CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame:

The CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame honor those amateurs who
not only excel in personal performance in these major areas
of amateur radio but who also "give back" to the hobby in
outstanding ways.

The 2014 inductees to the CQ DX Hall of Fame are:

Joe Reisert, W1JR, a DXer and DXpeditioner since the 1950s,
Joe has DXCC Mixed, Phone, CW, Digital and QRP with over 300
entities confirmed for each, along with 13-band Worked All
States, 13-band Worked All Continents and CQ's USA-CA All
Counties award. Joe is also a pioneer in 432-MHz EME (Earth-
Moon-Earth) communications, ran his own antenna
manufacturing company (Antennaco) and is a prolific writer
and public speaker.

David Collingham, K3LP, a leading DXer and DXpeditioner who
is also focused on using amateur radio as an educational
tool, at home and around the world. He has equipped a
complete station at his hometown elementary school and has
taught amateur radio to young people in Iraq, Ethiopia and
Rotuma.

The 2014 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:

J. Scott Redd, K0DQ, is already a member of the CQ Amateur
Radio Hall of Fame for his service to our nation as an
Admiral, Deputy Administrator of the Coalition Provisional
Authority in Iraq and the first Director of the National
Counterterrorism Center. Scott has always found time within
his professional duties for amateur radio and his first
love, contesting. He is one of only two people to have won
the single-operator category of all of the world's major
contests.

Ed Muns, W0YK, is a noted RTTY contester with 9 single-op
all-band and one multi-two championships and six world
records. Ed is also Director of the CQ World Wide RTTY DX
and RTTY WPX Contests, and manager of the North American
Sprint RTTY Contest. He is also very active in the Northern
California Contest Club and is a past club officer and
director.

Formal inductions to the CQ Contest and DX Halls of Fame
were scheduled for the Dayton Hamvention.  More detailed
descriptions of inductees will appear in the official
announcement in the July 2014 issue of CQ magazine.   (CQ)

**

HAMES IN THE NEWS:  ASTRO-HAM CHRIS HADFIELD HONORED FOR HIS
SPACE PHOTOGRAPHS

Canada's most famous astronaut is now a professionally-
recognized photographer.  Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG,  has been
awarded an honorary Service of Photographic Arts designation
by the Professional Photographers of Canada for his photos
from space.

Once Hadfield had returned to Earth, members of the
organization began a campaign to give tribute his work.
Hadfield said he was honored by the designation that was
bestowed in recognition of contributions made to photography
in Canada.

(DO NOT READ:  The complete story of this honor bestowed on
Chris Hadfield can be found at tinyurl.com/Hadfield-Photo-
Honor)  (Vancouver Sun)

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BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  We are
the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our
only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio
amateur:

(5 sec pause here)

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  SARL PRESENTS RADIO TECHNOLOGY IN
ACTION

The first South African Radio League Radio Technology in
Action symposium will be held at the University of Kwa Zulu
Natal on Saturday June 21st.  The program features a great
variety of subjects of interest to radio amateurs and
electronic enthusiasts with a number of presentations to be
supported by practical demonstrations.  The full program and
registration form are now available at sarl.org.za.  Simply
select the Radio Technology in Action link on the left hand
side of the home page.   (SARL)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  AMSAT FOX 1 LAUNCH DELAYED TO 2015

The launch of Amsat's Fox 1 ham radio satellite will now
take place in 2015.  Fox 1 was originally manifested to be
carried to orbit from Vandenberg AFB this December.  But due
to what is being termed as governmental priorities, Fox 1
will likely launch in the summer of 2015.

This delay is mixed news for Amsat.  While it is
disappointed that this will keep Fox-1 reaching space this
year, it also means that the organization has more time to
complete and test the spacecraft prior to delivery.  Amsat
says that in the overall scheme of things, the delay allows
it to have greater confidence in the delivery of a
thoroughly tested spacecraft by taking more time to allow
for unforeseen contingencies and to do more ground testing.

More information on the Fox 1 project is on the web at
http://ww2.amsat.org/?page_id=1113    (AMSAT)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  JUNE 19 LAUNCH FOR FUNCUBE 2

Some better news from the United Kingdom.  This with word
from the FUNcube team that it has  received confirmation
that the FUNcube-2 payload remains scheduled for a Soyuz
launch on  June 19th.

Those involved in the project do not yet have any lift off
times or orbital data but will make these available as soon
as possible.  It is believed that, immediately after
deployment and activation that the UKube-1 host vehicle will
start transmitting a CW beacon and that this will be later
followed by an AX25, 1200 BPSK beacon.  Both of these will
be on 145.840 MHz.  The FUNcube-2 payload, with its
telemetry downlink for educational outreach, is expected to
be tested at a later date.  (Southgate, FUNcube Team)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  DELFI-C3 CELEBRATES 6 YEARS IN SPACE

Delfi-C3 also known as DO-64 celebrated its 6th birthday in
space on April 28th.  Delfi-C3 has exceeded its mission
lifetime by six times and on-board telemetry still does not
indicate any degradation in performance.  As such, the
spacecraft is still operational, telemetry only, on 145.870
MHz USB.

Delfi-C3 is a CubeSat satellite was constructed by students
at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. It
is a 3-unit CubeSat and was launched in 2008 as part of
the NLS-4 mission from the Satish Dhawan Space
Centre in India.

The original team of students that developed the bird has
long graduated. These days Delfi-c3 operations have been
taken on by a small number of volunteers who continue to
monitor the live telemetry in their spare time.   (PA3WEG,
ANS)

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TV FROM SPACE:  COMMERCIAL HDTV STREAMING LIVE FROM ISS

A new commercial video service called the High Definition
Earth Viewing or HDEV was launched the International Space
Station on April 18th on board the SpaceX Dragon re-supply
mission.

The set of four High Definition video cameras and are now
operational, after being installed on the External Payload
Facility of the Columbus module.  The cameras and
electronics are enclosed in a pressurized box to provide
protection to the equipment from the harsh environment of
space.  This is not the HAMTV experiment and your screen
will appear black when the ISS is in its orbital night.
You can see the new live ISS video feed anytime at
tinyurl.com/iss-to-earth  (UniverseToday.com, ANS)

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ON THE AIR:  CELEBRATING THE POPES VISIT TO ISRAEL

On the air, be on the lookout for special event stations
4X266POPE and 4Z266POPE to be active between May 20 to the
27th.  This to celebrate Pope Francis's visit to Israel.
QSL both callsigns via 4Z1TL.  (OPDX)

**

DX

In DX, Tim Beaumont, M0Z0URX, and his team say that they
have completed the design of the VK9MT Mellish Reef QSL
cards.  The design and layout went to the printer the week
of May 11th.  If all goes as planned, all QSL's from this
operation should be in the mail by sometime in June.

N7HX is now operational from Rarotonga as E51NHX where he is
reported to be vacationing.  Activity has been mainly on 20
and 15 meters SSB but the length of his stay is not known.
If you make contact, please QSL via his home callsign.

DG5LAC will be active stroke EA8 from Fuerteventura
Island between through May 23rd.  His operation is reported
to be on 80 through 10 meters using only SSB at 100 watts.
QSL via DG5LAC, direct or via the bureau.

KK9A will once again be on the air from Aurba as P40A
between May 17th to the 25th. Activity will be on 80 through
10 meters and including the CQ World Wide CW Contest on May
24th and 25th. QSL via WD9DZV.

Lastly, LW9EOC will be operational from San Andres Island
between November 26th and December 9th also to take part in
the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest as well as the ARRL 160
meter CW Contest during his stay.  No callsign for this
operation has been announced, but there is the possibly it
could be 5JZ0T.  QSL via his home callsign.

(Above from QRZ-DX and other DX news sources)

**

THAT FINAL ITEM:  RADIO AND THE BIRDS

And finally this week a story that's kind of for the birds.
This in a study reported in the journal Nature says that AM
radio signals can send out interference that can disrupt the
internal magnetic compasses of migratory birds.  We have
more in this report:

--

Biologists at Germany's University of Oldenburg studied
migratory robins and found that the birds could not orient
themselves when on the schools city campus but could while
they were kept in the countryside.  Further experimentation
showed that when the huts in which the birds were housed
were screened with grounded aluminum reducing
electromagnetic interference, the birds could easily orient
themselves.  When the grounding was disconnected, the birds
again lost their sense of direction.

According to the report, the frequency range that was found
to disorient the birds is from about 50 kHz to about 5 MHz.
This implies that it is not mobile phones nor power lines
that are disrupting the birds ability to fly in the proper
direction but rather radio waves in that spectrum.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
watching the birds fly by from here in the City of Angels.

--

The team did seven years' worth of double-blind tests.  The
conclusion is that Migratory birds can sense the Earth's
magnetic field and use it as an in-built compass to help
them fly in the right direction.  (Telegraph, The Register,
All Access News)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

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Before we go, a reminder that the nominating season for the
2014 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award is
now open.

Created in 1986, this award is offered to recognize the
achievements of a radio amateur age 19 or younger for his or
her accomplishments in service to the nation, his or her
community or to the advancement of the state of the art
through amateur radio.

Nominees must reside in any one of the United States 50
states, its possessions or in any of the 10 Canadian
provinces.  Complete details, rules and a required
nominating form in Microsoft Word format are available on
our website at www.arnewsline.org/yhoty.   Nominating forms
can also be obtained by sending a self addressed stamped
envelope to Amateur Radio Newsline Inc., Young Ham of the
Year Award, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita California,
91350.

Please note that all nominating forms and support
documentation become the property of the Amateur Radio
Newsline and cannot be returned.  The cutoff date for
nominations to be postmarked or electronically filed is
Midnight on May 30, 2014.

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, near Houston, Texas, saying 73 and
we thank you for listening.

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